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Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

trackingCuts-web-600 [1]The Salisbury Post reports [2] that the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education approved its final budget this week – and 88 jobs were eliminated, including classroom positions. The school system is also increasing its class size formula by one student.

Fifty of the 88 jobs that were eliminated were teacher positions. Many have been rehired in the school system or another school system, although it’s not clear if they were hired in different capacities.

Instructional supplies were cut by $400,000. The school system was able to find $200,000 to keep the cut from being $600,000 overall.

Rowan-Salisbury was able to avoid cutting most teacher assistant positions, although 17 that were added last year were not renewed this year.

Read the full story here [2].

Rowan-Salisbury joins a growing list [3] of school districts that have been forced to make difficult cuts as the 2013-14 school year approaches.


While the debate rages on about whether or not North Carolina’s General Assembly actually made damaging cuts to public schools with the 2013-15 budget, NC Policy Watch is keeping a running tally of education funding cuts that local school districts are coping with as they open up for the 2013-14 academic year.

The list below links to stories in local media that detail the funding cuts at the school district level. The information in these stories is subject to change. This list will be continually updated; if you have a report to add, please email lindsay@ncpolicywatch.com.


Brunswick County:


Buncombe County:

Burke County

Cabarrus County:

Caldwell County:

Camden County:

Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools

Cleveland County

Clinton City Schools:

Craven County:

Cumberland County:

Edenton-Chowan Schools:

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Schools:

Franklin County

Gaston County

Guilford County:

Iredell-Statesville Schools:

Onslow County:

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools:

Perquimans County:

Randolph County:

Roanoke Rapids Graded School District

Rowan-Salisbury Schools:

Scotland County

Stanly County

Surry County